The once aloof venture capitalist was out in New Hampshire yesterday, regaling potential voters with the hygiene challenges attendant to his Mormon mission in France, as if that would somehow take minds off of his privileged childhood and monumental gaffe in wagering $10,000 in Saturday night's GOP debate.
TMI. And the temporary experience in another country is somehow supposed to give him insight into the lives of Americans living in poverty, many not so far from his boyhood home of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan?
Most of the apartments I lived in had no refrigerators,” Romney told a crowd of 300 at a VFW hall here Sunday afternoon, launching into a long anecdote about life as a Mormon missionary in France that touched on the difficulties of shopping before every meal and living in buildings without a shower.
“If we were lucky, we actually bought a hose and we stuck it on the sink and we’d hold there with the hose and the big bucket underneath us in the kitchen and wash ourselves that way,” Romney said. “And so, I lived in a way that people of lower middle income in France lived and said to myself, ‘Wow, I sure am lucky to have been born in the United States of America.’”
With just about three weeks to go until Iowa, things are getting sticky for the man ho was running what amounted to a Rose Garden strategy as one opponent after another flared like a Roman candle only to flicker and die.
The depth of the unhappiness with Romney -- who has flirted with 25 percent support throughout the campaign -- has only come into sharp relief with the surge of New Gingrich, a candidate with as many if not more flaws.
But a looser Mitt, even a scripted one, is dangerous thing as handlers found out with the $10,000 bet, a mistake that, depending on where things go form here, could be seen as the beginning of the end of the Mittster.